Healthy People, Healthy Planet
According to Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 3 million tons of furniture and furnishings are discarded each year in the United States alone. This business inspires us to provide a service for our community that contributes to a small footprint, local jobs, prevention of waste and the overall health of our community and planet.
The EPA also estimates that the average person receives 72% of their chemical exposure at home. The primary sources of these toxins are from new products and VOCs off-gassing into our interior air from products including the majority of new furniture and their construction. The VOCs come from flame retardants, glues, dyes, stain treatments, foams, finishes, composite wood construction and plywood frame furniture. To combat your risk, some sources say to let your new furniture off-gas from 2 weeks to up to a year in an open air environment to eliminate the risks from these airborne toxins upon initial new purchase. This is unrealistic for most of us.
Buying used furniture not only contributes positively to global climate change, the local landfill, fossil fuel use through transportation and shipping/packaging material but also to the air we breathe within our own homes.